A Note from Joe
Dear Friends of GableStage/GroveStage,
We are beyond grateful for the incredible support we continue to receive from our community each and every day. It’s because of you, and with your strong commitment to the Coconut Grove Playhouse revival project that we continue moving forward! Together, we have made tremendous progress and are on track to re-open our beloved theater by 2022, as required by the lease!
Below, please see the scores of testimonials we’ve received demonstrating the depth of support we enjoy in our community!
For additional endorsements from the members of theater community and other prominent national leaders, please visit: https://miamidadearts.org/gablestage-endorsements
If you support GableStage/GroveStage and our plan to bring great theater to the iconic Coconut Grove Playhouse, please submit your statement of support here: http://www.gablestage.org/testimonial. We will then proudly display it here, on this page.
With heartfelt thanks and much appreciation,
Producing Artistic Director
GableStage / GroveStage
to rebuild the Coconut Grove Playhouse, which is sorely missed. Joe and his team can do this. It’s way overdue. I’m in total support.”
GroveStage will elevate the status of theatrical performances to new heights in our community.”
– Rabbi Solomon and Shirley Schiff, Director Emeritus of Mishkan Miami and Executive Vice President Emeritus of the Rabbinical Association
of Greater Miami, having served both organizations for more than 40 years.
I trust on Joseph Adler’s amazing trajectory of bringing to Miami the most cutting edge theater open one can imagine.
I also trust the capacity of Miami-Dade County and its cultural affairs department in managing the construction necessary to bring back the theater.
I think the amazing partnership with FIU can only increase the success of this endeavor.”
For twenty years, my wife and I have attended almost all plays that you produced at GableStage. We are ardent theater lovers and we have seen performances in NY, London and other theater capitals. In my capacity as Director of the Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies, we have collaborated on a number of important productions and will gladly continue to do that in the future.
Your productions are outstanding in comparison to the above. Many of these productions exceeded the quality of Broadway plays. We fully support your efforts to revive the Coconut Grove theater. This will be a great cultural uplift for Miami and will enable you – and the whole theater going community – to enjoy a state of the art theatrical facility. You already constitute a cultural gem. With the new facility, Miami will gain a cultural diamond. We wish you well with this endeavor and you can count on our support all the way. Onward and upward!”
Director of the Sue and Leonard Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies at the University of Miami
I look forward to fulfilling Joe Adler’s enduring vision at an invigorated GroveStage, suitably sized for its setting, and I totally support the Coconut Grove Playhouse Project as – finally! – approved by our City’s Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board.”
I support all the work of Michael Spring, Joe Adler, FIU and the entire team working on the NEW CGPH.
Let’s get it open and CG proud to have the CGPH open again!“
Thanks to Joseph Adler and his team for ensuring that their community will have quality theatre which is very much part of having a quality life. Thank you!”
Miami-Dade County’s Michael Spring has been in his position at least as long as I’ve lived in the area, which is over 30 years. I would say that no one else has the accumulated knowledge of the arts in Miami-Dade County that he does. So, when he comes out in favor of this project, I do, too.
I know that there are those who believe the size of the theater being proposed is too small – that 700 or 750 seats is the only way to go. Again, I attend a lot of theater. The ability to consistently fill a theater of that size is unlikely. Some of the smallest theaters (under 100 seats) can’t sell out a run. We have three large theaters in the tri-county area plus the Miami-Dade Auditorium and the Miracle Theater (the latter two within easy driving distance to Coconut Grove). If a particular show is deemed to have the ability to sell out a 750 theater, let the producer rent one of those facilities. Building a theater with 750 seats that will, given past experience, fail to consistently sell out is a recipe for failure.
I know that some people feel that they will “lose” something “historic” if the GroveStage goes forward. The plans for the GroveStage incorporate the “historic” face. There was nothing “historic” about the rest of the building. It was extremely ordinary, reflecting its original life as a movie house. Let one of Miami’s most talented architectural firms design something that will be iconic for this generation.
Finally, the plans for the GroveStage left the station a long time ago and are far down the track. Let it continue on its journey.
I don’t know what I would do without GableStage. It has been our GO TO for good theater since we moved here 10 years ago.
I am anxiously waiting to buy my subscription to GroveStage!!”
I believe the Coconut Grove Playhouse will be the absolute perfect match and much needed upgrade for GableStage.”
I am also a preservationist at heart. I have helped in the restoration of a few buildings in my time and I know that there is great pride to be had when hard work and dedication can salvage and restore an antique or an historical building. But I also recognize when its time to cut bait. It is my sincere belief that the current plan is on track to offer the best of both worlds. It preserves the unique and historic facade that is the the very symbol of The Coconut Grove Playhouse, but offers South Florida and national audiences and theatre artists alike, a state of the art, 300 seat theatre with a sound financial plan and artistic future to back it up. This plan can take that great name and rich artistic history to the next level of national prominence. Having worked there and attended many productions over the years, I believe the stage house, dressing rooms (with the single rest room at the end of a long hallway) costume shop and the loading dock are not worth salvaging. Theatre is by its very nature ephemeral, like Native American sand paintings or Buddhist sand mandalas. Let’s consign the glory days of the old playhouse to where they belong – to nostalgia, history and the memories of those who lived them. At the same time let’s unite behind this practical and well thought-out plan that reveres the past and move forward together!”
issues that need to be addressed. By performing these plays at the GableStage, it brings an awareness of these issues to South Florida. This awareness is greater than the audiences who see and talk about the performance as nearly all the local media will give a review of the play for their readership.”
– Barry and Judy Friedfeld
actors and technicians he assembles for each play is a special treat for us and provides an important contribution to the preservation of the arts in this community. Knowing that this production company will continue and enhance their excellent work with the Grove Theater should gladden the hearts of all theater goers.”
I applaud Joe, his team and supporters, to take theater to a more important level in Miami.”
The renewal of the old Coconut Grove Playhouse is sooo welcome and I can’t wait to see your performances at the new venue.
Please know that I am pleased to lend my support in any way I can and cannot wait for the new season to begin in Coconut Grove. It’s a win-win for everyone – finally — a lovely venue for GableStage, a new/old theatre in the Grove and more ancillary business and income for all the businesses and restaurants there.
Thank you, Joe et al, for all you do.
Thank you Joe for saving the beautiful Coconut Grove playhouse. It was a huge part of my childhood and truly a part of what created my love of the Arts.”
I write in support of the project to renovate, build and do everything possible to bring the GableStage and Joe to Coconut Grove!!”
We are very fortunate to have Joseph Adler as Producing Artistic Director with his many years of success.”
Professionals and theatre lovers alike will be stimulated and delighted by the excellence that GableStage brings to the community and beyond.”
I’m looking forward to continuing to support GableStage at their new venue at the old Coconut Grove Theater!”
You have already shown the vast amount of time you have spent in making Grove Theatre a wonderful Reality. All the Best, Lois Rukeyser. Gerald Halpern”
Theater at its best.”
If approved, I’d even become an unpaid volunteer as a way of contributing to its success.”
– Lucia Davis Raiford